Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Telecaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, strap, and polish cloth. 100% original save for a professional refret and carved bone nut, this Telecaster features an alder body, maple neck, and dark, tight-grained Brazilian rosewood fretboard.
The acoustic sound is lively, clear and balanced, and the gray bobbin bridge pickup delivers plenty of sparkle and chewy twang, while the neck pickup is bell-like and round. In the middle position on the three-way switch, the guitar delivers both percussive cut and shimmering snap. Featherweight at just 7lbs 2oz, this Telecaster is emblematic of the best Teles of the ‘60s, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a fast-feeling slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4“ radius, refretted with pristine 6105 fretwire, retaining a vintage-spec fret width and offering more height and crown. This guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. Measuring 1 5/8“ in width, the upgraded hand-carved bone nut offers optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock face retains the original waterslide decal, and the original set of Kluson Deluxe double line tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The neck heel retains its April, 1966 date stamp, with all of the original factory stamps and markings present in the pocket and on the heel.
The electronics are all original and function as intended, and the bridge pickup retains its 1966 date on the gray bobbin beneath the copper baseplate. The wiring harness features cloth-covered leads, and the original Stackpole pots date to the 19th week of ‘66. The original chrome-plated hardware is intact, including the control plate with flat-top knurled knobs, bridge with barrel saddles and patent number base, "ashtray" bridge cover, and four-bolt serialized F neck plate. Plastics include the original three-ply white pickguard and black top hat switch tip.
The Olympic White gloss finish exhibits prominent vertical lacquer checking and modest finish loss on the back body edge and on the upper bout perimeter. The lacquer was applied quite thin by Fender, and the finish is notably stable (not flaking, etc). The nitro gloss on the neck profile is extremely smooth with sparingly little palm wear.
The original black tolex hardshell case with orange plush interior is included. The case has clean black leather ends, functional latches and the original handle, retaining the majority of the original tail-less Fender badge. The original strap is also present, along with a vintage pack of Fender strings and a vintage polish cloth in the original baggie with Fender leaflet.